Visitor Center main entrance closed, please use upper entrance
The main entrance to the Visitor Center will be closed 4/24 - 4/25 for sidewalk repairs. Please use the upper entrance, located on the backside of the Visitor Center. Follow the signs from the main parking lot around the building. More »
Upcoming Visitor Center Construction Projects
Beginning April 22, improvements to the Visitor Center complex will be made and periodic closures will occur over a two-week period. Plan your visit with this information in mind. Further details and dates will be made available as possible. More »
Road to Victory
Courtesy of Independence National Historical Park
On May 6, 1778, the sounds of spring at Valley
In July1780, French General Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, sailed into Newport, Rhode Island with an army of 5,300 officers and men. After wintering there, Rochambeau’s army marched through Connecticut and into New York to join General George Washington and the Continental Army. Rochambeau and Washington devised a southern
The portrait to the right shows General Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau by Charles Willson Peale. Courtesy of Independence National Historical Park
Courtesy of Valley Forge National Historical Park
Through the late summer heat, the allied armies of Washington and Rochambeau marched over the 400-mile route through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and into Virginia, reaching Williamsburg in late September. Together they attacked and held under siege the British-fortified town of Yorktown. A French fleet under the command of Admiral François Joseph Paul de Grasse blocked the Chesapeake Bay, preventing British naval reinforcement and an avenue of sea escape. On October 19, 1781, after three weeks of battle, the long road ended in victory. To the tune The World Turned Upside Down, almost 8,000 British soldiers surrendered to a 17,000 Franco-American force. When word reached England, Prime Minister Lord North exclaimed in anguish: Oh God! It is all over.
Did You Know?
The tradition of citizen stewardship began in the 1870s and continues every day, as park volunteers and partners participate in the ongoing work of preservation and interpretation. Each of them shares the vision of the Park as a meaningful place.